Australia Day


On Australia Day we come together as a nation to celebrate what's great about Australia and being Australian. Australia Day is the biggest day of celebration in the nation.

On Australia Day we celebrate the things that make our country great: the people, the land, our diversity, our sense of a fair go, our lifestyle and our freedoms. We reflect on our national journey. We commit to making our country even better in the future.


Australia Day 2019 - Thangool


The 2019 Australia Day Celebrations were hosted by the Thangool Community at the Thangool Race Track. The 2020 Australia Day Celebrations will be hosted by the Theodore Community.


Australia Day Awards


These awards recognise and honour the outstanding achievements of Australians.  Shire residents and organisations are asked to support these awards by nominating members of their community in appreciation of their efforts. Award categories are:

  • Citizen & Young Citizen of the Year

  • Cultural & Junior Cultural – Artist and/or Arts Worker

  • Volunteer of the Year

  • Junior & Senior Sportsperson

  • Sports Coach, Official and/or Administrator

  • Community Group or Team

  • Community Event of the Year

Click here to view a list of the 2019 Nominees.

Click here to view a list of the 2019 Award Winners 

Click here to view summaries of the 2019 Award Nominees 

Any enquiries should be directed to Council's Australia Day Working Group on (07) 4992 9500 or


Photography Competition:

'Banana Shire - Old and New'


Open First Place: Old Queenslander, Kassie Warren


Open Second Place: Cruisin' From 1965 Into 2019, Toni O'Connor


Under 18 First Place: Me and You, Hannah Rideout


Under 18 Second Place: Then and Now, Hannah Rideout


People's Choice Winner: Friends, Tara Parvey